Via recorded webinar
Note: This course can be purchased on sale now. Video will be sent out on March 11, 2021.
When children enter therapy because they have experienced the death of a loved one, they are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. They are often anxious about the therapeutic process and reluctant or unable to talk directly about painful feelings. Therapy that is engaging and play-based can facilitate their expression of grief and loss. This webinar will combine up-to-date theory with innovative play therapy techniques. A brief theoretical overview will provide a context for the assessment and treatment interventions i.e., definitions, risk factors, developmental impact of grief, and treatment guidelines.
An innovative model for assessing and treating normative and traumatic grief in children will be outlined. The webinar will detail a variety of structured play therapy techniques, including interventions to help children bereaved by suicide and homicide. Participants will come away with a better understanding of grief theory, and many new and innovative play therapy techniques.
This training will combine lecture, activity demonstrations, videos of client sessions, and experiential exercises.
Original recording date: March 10, 2021; Length: 120 min
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the key differences between normative grief and traumatic grief
- Identify the impact of loss at different developmental stages.
- Identify common risk factors associated with children coping with bereavement.
- Describe the key guidelines for explaining death to a child.
- Describe the unique treatment issues of children coping with suicide and homicide death.
- Apply a variety of innovative play therapy activities to help children cope with the death of a loved one.
Sources and Resources (click to expand)
Atle Dyregrov, Kari Dyregrov, Mariana Pereira, Pål Kristensen & Iren Johnsen (2020) Early intervention for bereaved children: What mental health professionals think, Death Studies, 44:4, 201-209, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1531086
Brown, E., Amaya-Jackson, L., Cohen, J., Handel, S., De Bocanegra, H., Zatta, E., Goodman, R. and Mannarino, A. (2008). Childhood traumatic grief: A multi-site empirical examination of the construct and its correlates. Death Studies, 32, 899-923.
Buket ?im?ek Arslan, Zeynep Özer & Kadriye Bulduko?lu (2020) Posttraumatic growth in parentally bereaved children and adolescents: A systematic review, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1716886
Kenney-Noziska, S. (2019). Integrating directive and posttraumatic play therapy to address childhood trauma. Play Therapy 14(2), 12-15.
Natasha Griffiths, Trevor G. Mazzucchelli, Shelly Skinner, Robert T. Kane & Lauren J. Breen (2019) A pilot study of a new bereavement program for children: Lionheart Camp for Kids, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1702121
Polyxeni Stylianou & Michalinos Zembylas (2018) Peer support for bereaved children: Setting eyes on children’s views through an educational action research project, Death Studies, 42:7, 446-455, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1369472
Wymer, B., Ohrt, J. H., Morey, D., & Swisher, S. (2020). Integrating expressive arts techniques into trauma-focused treatment with children. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42(2), 124-139. https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.42.2.03
3 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)
Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: Note: This course provides 3 contact hour(s) self-study credits. Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
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